Twitter to start charging $8 a month for verification

Twitter plans to start charging nearly $8 a month for users to keep their blue checkmarks as part of a premium service that will be rolled out under Elon Musk’s leadership. 

Twitter's orignal plans to start charging nearly $20 a month were changed after Elon Musk replied to a comment from Stephen King on Twitter complaining about the price hike 

“The whole verification process is being revamped right now.”

Elon Musk 

The company plans to raise its optional $4.99-a-month premium subscription called Twitter Blue to $8 a month. 

Twitter will add more features, including verification, to bring its subscription up to par with the cost hike. 

Existing verified users have 90 days to subscribe to the new Twitter Blue after its launch or they’ll lose their checkmarks. 

The current Twitter Blue launched about a year ago and offers subscribers a way to view ad-free articles from some publishers as well as additional customization settings. 

Musk has been outspoken about his desire to grow subscription numbers to account for half of Twitter’s 

revenue as well as his eagerness to overhaul the platform’s verification process in the months ahead of his $44 billion takeover of the company.

Employees working on the Twitter Blue upgrades were informed on Sunday that they need to meet a November 7 deadline or face firing